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Fish the lower Housy Saturday

Start your Memorial Day weekend, and the summer, casting in the saltwater with Nutmeg TU.

Ed Grzeda will lead a fishing outing in the Long Island Sound Saturday, May 26, open to both fly anglers and conventional fishermen. There is no charge and TU membership is not required.

The group will meet at 11 a.m. in the parking lot at Milford Audubon, 1 Milford Point Road, Milford. Click here to RSVP.

We will be fishing the outgoing tide; high tide is 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

The lower Housy has been fishing very well with both quantity and the occasional quality striper over 26 inches, Ed reports.

For fly fishing, Ed recommends an 8- to 10-weight rod with an intermediate and/or sink-tip line. Clousers and Deceiver-type patterns in almost any color — Chartruese/white, Blue/white, tan or olive/white will work on 12-20# tippet.

The water remains very cold, so waders are necessary. Also have sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.

Anyone who arrives late, has trouble finding the group or needs information can contact Ed at (224) 234-3381.

 

Talk in MIlford on fishing the lower Housy

Paul Dinice will give a presentation, Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic, at the Milford Point Coastal Center on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, from 1 to 2 p.m.

The cost is $8 for CAS members, $10 for non-members. Payment may be made the day of the presentation by cash or check.

The classroom is limited to 50 seats. Space may be reserved by calling the Milford Point Coastal Center at  203-878-7440.

“The Housatonic is a very unique and beautiful river,” Dinice said. “Where else can you catch trophy trout at the foot of the Berkshires and then travel an hour south to the river mouth at Stratford/Milford and catch striped bass all in the same day.

Dinice is a 64-year-old resident of Derby who began spin fishing and fly fishing at a very early age. He lives close to the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers and has been exclusively fly fishing since 1980. He is a member of several environmental organizations, including Trout Unlimited and the Connecticut Audubon Society. He is also a member of the Derby Inland Wetlands Commission and has been employed by the Town of Orange as zoning administrator for the past 38 years.

His “home” club/organization is the Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association. For the past 35 years he has written “Fly of the Month” section of the HFFA newsletter and website.

He has contributed to a book entitled “Over-Winter Striper Secrets” by Captain Al Anderson. His contributions included photographs and writings which were incorporated in the section on fishing the Housatonic.

His “closer crab” pattern appeared in the 2012 Winter edition Fly Tyer Magazine. Dinice has organized numerous small fly fishing expos in Connecticut.  

This presentation will cover:

  • Fishing locations on the “lower” Housatonic, from the Derby dam to Long Island Sound
  • River access points
  • Fishing gear
  • Flies, bait, and fish imitations
  • Fishing techniques
  • Photos of successful fishermen  

He will also hand out a limited number of “A Guide to Stripers n the Housatonic”.

The Coastal Center will be open from noon to 4:30 p.m. April 22.

Sewage spill soils Sunnyside Boat Ramp

The release of 5 million gallons of raw sewage into the Naugatuck River in Waterbury washed up at the Sunnyside Boat Ramp on the Housatonic River in Shelton Thursday, Oct. 26.

Dozens of fish were killed because of the spill, blamed on a power failure.

Heavy rains washed the sewage, which has been getting caught on rocks and the shore of the Naugatuck, into the Housatonic River.

Click here to read the Shelton Herald’s coverage.

Housatonic, youth fishing topics May 16

Harold MacMillanHarold MacMillan of Housatonic River Outfitters will discuss late spring and summer fishing on the river in northwestern Connecticut when he visits the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited on Tuesday, May 16, at 7 p.m.

Teen Devin Brandes will also speak about his initiative, You Can Fly, which teaches youths from Bridgeport and other areas how to fly fish.

The meeting at Port 5 Naval Veterans, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport, is open to the public free of charge; food and a cash bar are available. Tuesday night’s meeting will also include the election of officers for Nutmeg TU.

MacMillan has more than 30 years of fly fishing experience and has traveled to Russia and Belize, but his talk will focus on spots closer to Fairfield County. Cool water refuges make for strong trout fishing in late spring and early summer, and smallmouth bass are ready to put a bend in a rod when air temperatures make it too hot to target trout.

Housatonic River Outfitters Inc. is a full-service fly shop, outfitter, and lodging and guide service at 24 Kent Road in Cornwall Bridge, at the junction of routes 44 and 7. The shop is located on the Housatonic River, famous for some of the most prolific mayfly and caddis hatches in the East. More information may be found at dryflies.com.

The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is sponsoring a fishing trip and barbecue at Housatonic Meadows State Park in Cornwall Bridge on Saturday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. To register visit mianustu.org.

The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited 217 encompasses Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton,  Redding, Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, and Shelton. Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, particularly in local rivers such as the Saugatuck, Mill, Aspetuck, Pequonnock, and Farmill. More information may be found at nutmegtrout.org.